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Audience in Lecture






President & Chief Executive Officer


Rodel Charitable Foundation of Delaware


Paul is president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, which he joined in 2004. Rodel partners to transform public education. His organization serves as the backbone organization for the Vision Coalition, Delaware’s longstanding public-private partnership whose aim is to transform our public schools to world-class status. In 2022, he was appointed by Governor Carney to chair strategic planning for Delaware's Workforce Development Board. Paul is an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellow, and a 2010 recipient of the NewSchools Venture Fund “Change Agent of the Year” award. He has served as a senior manager at New American Schools, consulted with Brookings Institution, RAND, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and The World Bank. Paul has taught K-12 in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia, and co-founded an Outward Bound-based school-within-a-school in New York City that informed Expeditionary Learning, a national school model. He assisted the secretary of education for two governors in Massachusetts during the wholesale redesign of the state’s policies on standards, choice, and finance during the 1990s. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Delaware, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees in education administration and planning from Harvard University. He and his wife, Dana, live in Wilmington and have three, young adult children that went through Delaware's public schools.

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